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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Center Anze Kopitar's second-period goal accounted for all of the offense in a tight-checking game Monday as the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 1-0.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for his third shutout of the season and the 28th of his career. He has blanked the Sharks three times in regular-season play during his career.

San Jose saw its six-game winning streak end despite a record-setting performance from backup goalie Alex Stalock. The Kings, meanwhile, snapped a five-game winless skid and won in San Jose for the first time in 10 tries.

Los Angeles broke through to score the game's only goal after 40 minutes late in the second period, and snapped two long scoreless streaks in the process.

Kopitar scored his 15th goal of the season at 17:56 with a patient, stick-handling move in front of Stalock, who dove out in an attempt to poke check the puck off the Los Angeles forward's stick.

Kings right winger Jeff Carter raced down the right boards and slipped a pass around backskating Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin. Teammate Brent Burns made a head-long dive in an attempt to intercept, but the right winger only slightly deflected the puck to Kopitar.

The goal was Los Angeles' first in 154:43 of play as the Kings hadn't scored since early in the first period against Anaheim on Jan. 23. Meanwhile, Stalock saw his franchise-record shutout streak end at 178:55 after he eclipsed ex-Shark Evgeni Nabokov's former mark at the mid-point of the second period.

The middle period, much like the first, was a defensive affair with very few shots reaching either goaltender. A deflection of Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin's blast hit the crossbar at 15:00. And the Sharks managed only five shots for a meager total of nine through two periods.

The Kings outshot the Sharks 8-4 during a tight-checking and scoreless opening period.

San Jose right winger Bracken Kearns was robbed on a backhand attempt in close at 1:43, but San Jose managed only one more shot until there were six minutes left in the period.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, had a number of near misses. With Burns and Los Angeles center Colin Fraser off for matching minor penalties leaving it 4-on-4, a wide-open center Mike Richards fumbled right winger Justin Williams' feed.

Stalock stopped Kopitar from 10 feet out in the slot at 17:31 after left winger Matt Nieto turned a puck over. And Richards fired wide in the closing seconds off another Williams feed.

NOTES: The Sharks and Kings met for the first time since Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown collided with San Jose's Tomas Hertl on Dec. 19, a play in which the Sharks rookie left winger sustained a knee injury that resulted in surgery and the likelihood that he'll miss the rest of the season. Sharks GM Doug Wilson voiced his displeasure over the Kings' lack of remorse shortly thereafter. "There's two sides to every story," Brown said earlier Monday, adding he didn't like to see anyone get hurt. "I mean, they're going to be upset. If that was reversed, the Kings would be upset." ... As Hertl continues to rehabilitate, the Sharks continue to play without C Logan Couture (hand), RW Raffi Torres (knee) and RW Adam Burish (back). ... RW Marty Havlat and LW James Sheppard were San Jose's healthy scratches. RW Matt Frattin, D Alec Martinez and D Jeff Schultz did not dress for Los Angeles. ... The Sharks' affiliate in the ECHL -- the San Francisco Bulls -- ceased operation on Monday with 32 games remaining.
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